The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) is celebrating Gandhi Jayanti is an unconventional manner by choosing to go the ‘non-violent way’ in terms of safeguarding the environment.
IIT Bombay was established in 1958 & since its establishment; it has earned a renowned reputation for its expertise in technology by developing the outstanding caliber of Undergraduates, Postgraduates, and Doctorate holders through its diverse programs and also physically expanded to more than 550 acres accommodating 584 major buildings.
Recently, IIT Bombay started an initiative in one of the globally unique steps, SoULS (Solar Urja through Localization for Sustainability). it will train Solar Lamp’s assembly to more than 100,000 students from over 650 schools across the country including all 29 states and 6 union territories. This will mean solar lamp assembly and distribution at multiple locations on this Gandhi Jayanti, says a release here.
IIT Bombay’s Powai campus alone will create more than 5000 Student Solar Ambassadors participating from 100 odd schools of Mumbai at an event, which will be organized at IIT Bombay campus. This one-day workshop is in line with the initiative of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) of access to clean energy for everyone.
Professor Chetan Singh Solanki of IIT Bombay here, who heads the SoULS project informs, “Student Solar Ambassador Workshop is a multi-city, global record creating event that will see participation from children across the country. We aim to catch them young, train and sensitize our future generation who will be able to adapt and use solar technology easily as they grow. This goes a long way in reaffirming India’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement and MNRE’s goal to the installation of 100GW of Renewable Energy by 2022.”
Students will also pledge to practice non-violence towards their environment on the occasion of this Gandhi Jayanti. IIT Bombay will mark this day as International Day of Non-Violence to Environment to disseminate the message of sensitizing towards the environment and introspecting the effects of human actions on degrading the environment.
IIT Bombay through its flagship program, SoULS has trained many local, rural people to assemble, distribute solar study lamps through its completed Million SoULS Program and the on-going government sponsored 70 lakhs and 5 lakhs solar study lamp schemes, said Professor Solanki.
Participating students will be a part of this world record event, take-home one solar study lamp with a panel assembled by themselves and receive a certificate of participation. In order to execute this mega event-workshop across the country, there are 851 training centers with more than 2000 trainers including 895 women from the Self-Help Groups of SoULS project and 350 student trainers at IIT Bombay.
Devang Khakhar, Director – IIT Bombay said,’India is proving its prowess, not just in technical areas but also in International leadership positions that are impacting the global economy. With this as a backdrop, I see the collaboration with Washington University as an important milestone in the journey of producing world-class talent.’